Title: Carry the Ocean
Normal is just a setting on the dryer.
High school graduate Jeremey Samson is looking forward to burying his head under the covers and sleeping until it’s time to leave for college. Then a tornado named Emmet Washington enters his life. The double major in math and computer science is handsome, forward, wicked smart, interested in dating Jeremey—and he’s autistic.
But Jeremey doesn’t judge him for that. He’s too busy judging himself, as are his parents, who don’t believe in things like clinical depression. When his untreated illness reaches a critical breaking point, Emmet is the white knight who rescues him and brings him along as a roommate to The Roosevelt, a quirky new assisted living facility nearby.
As Jeremey finds his feet at The Roosevelt, Emmet slowly begins to believe he can be loved for the man he is behind the autism. But before he can trust enough to fall head over heels, he must trust his own conviction that friendship is a healing force, and love can overcome any obstacle.
Warning: Contains characters obsessed with trains and counting, positive representations of autism and mental illness, a very dark moment, and Elwood Blues.
Author: Heidi Cullinan
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Clockwork Heart
Series: The Roosevelt
Published by Samhain Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: April 7, 2015
Genres: Male Male Romance, New Adult
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I can honestly say I walked away from Carry the Ocean feeling a little more enlightened to the struggles that some people have in their everyday life. Emmet has autism spectrum disorder. Jeremey has major depressive disorder along with clinical anxiety. Their story is told from their perspective. I’m typically not a fan of first person point of view. The way Heidi Cullinan did this book however made it work exceptionally well. I loved knowing exactly what Emmet and Jeremey were thinking, how they perceived things, and their reactions to it all from their point of view.
Emmet to Jeremey “No one is normal. Normal is a lie.”
Emmet and Jeremey both have some issues that make life difficult for them at times. Emmet has an amazing family that supports him in all things. Their unconditional love is the reason he is the strong young man that he is. Jeremey’s parents want only the best for their son. They just go about supporting him in ways that are hindering him and his problems. Once Emmet steps into Jeremey’s life Jeremey begins to see things a little differently. Emmet definitely sees Jeremey’s problems differently. Emmet sees the medical condition that makes Jeremey’s life so difficult.
There is a very sweet love story here. There is also the deeper side to the story that will really open your eyes to other people’s daily struggles. I’m looking forward to reading more of what Heidi has in store for her residents at The Roosevelt.